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Carolina Balazs, post-doctoral fellow at the University of California Davis and research scientist with the Community Water Center, says that in the Central Valley, unaffordable water rates in small disadvantaged communities with low-income households create significant economic burdens for families.

“But water systems themselves face further constraints,” she says. “As the persistent water quality problems in the Valley worsen, water treatment costs will increase, and systems may be forced to increase their water rates, leading to likely scenarios of increasing water bills in an area already plagued with high levels of unaffordability.”

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